In Silence by Donald Spoto
Why We Pray

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"Faith is the soul’s true country, and prayer is its native language."

With these words, author and theologian Donald Spoto begins his wide-ranging exploration of the most intimate form of communication and the deepest level of spirituality—prayer. With revolutionary insight, Spoto applies his scholarship in a book that addresses complex spiritual matters seriously but engagingly.

In Silence investigates the various forms and types of prayer: prayer as dialogue, as petition, as forgiveness, as suffering, as abandonment, as serenity, as love, as transformation, and as silence. It also explores the role of prayer in the world’s great religions, drawing on those who have written compellingly about it: the compiler of the Book of Psalms, Augustine, Teresa of Ávila, John of the Cross, Maimonides, Rumi, John Chapman, and dozens of others.

Anyone attempting to live on a deeper level will welcome this inspiring book from one of the most popular and original thinkers in contemporary religion.

 

About Donald Spoto

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Donald Spoto, who earned his Ph.D. in theology at Fordham University, is the author of nineteen books, including The Hidden Jesus: A New Life and Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi.
 
Published October 7, 2004 by Viking Adult. 272 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Explaining his decision to add to the innumerable books on the subject of individual prayer, Spoto asserts that the most worthwhile subjects humans can write about and mull over are those they can

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